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Beef Paprikash with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes

Beef paprikash, a Hungarian dish, makes a marvelous Sunday dinner. We prefer it with kluski egg noodles, or try mashed potatoes. —Gloria Bradley, Naperville, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sweet Hungarian or regular paprika, divided
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1 package (16 ounces) kluski or other egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • Minced fresh parsley, optional


  • In a small bowl, mix flour, 1 tablespoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle over beef and toss to coat; shake off excess.
  • In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Brown beef in batches, adding remaining oil as needed. Remove from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving drippings in pan.
  • Add onion and pepper to drippings; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in tomato sauce, tomatoes, broth and the remaining 1 tablespoon paprika and 3/4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until beef is tender, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain; return to pot. Add butter and toss to coat. Serve with stew. If desired, sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup stew with 3/4 cup cooked noodles: 534 calories, 21g fat (8g saturated fat), 133mg cholesterol, 953mg sodium, 51g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 33g protein.

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  • Nathalie
    May 29, 2020

    This is real comfortfood! My hubby is half hungarian and he approved of this recipe a lot. I can't even begin to understand how some people can rate this low. They must have done something wrong, like adding italian tomato sauce instead of hungarian or something. I fire-roasted the tomatoes myself in the oven btw. We had this with a glass of red wine and it was heaven. The kids loved it as well!

  • Travis
    May 3, 2020

    I usually don't go out of my way to post recipe reviews, but I thought some of these were pretty harsh. We made this tonight, and it was delicious. Our four kids all ate it just fine, some raving about how good it was. Several reviewers talked about the tomato sauce being overpowering, but we did not feel that way at all. We would definitely make this again. The beef turned out so tender and flavorful. We did use a whole gigantic sweet pepper instead of a small one like the recipe called for. My guess is that our pepper was about twice the recommended size, but I doubt that changed the flavor too much.

  • Katrina.donaghey
    Nov 9, 2015

    If I could give zero stars, I would. I was very disappointed with this bland recipe. The tomato sauce is extremely overpowering. It tastes completely one dimensional and unbalanced. It's honestly one of the worst recipes I've ever wasted my time, money and effort on. I spent $14 on beef to end up with an embarrassing failure of a Sunday dinner. I really suggest avoiding this recipe. I'm sure there are properly seasoned ones out there, but this one doesn't belong in that category.

  • ejshellabarger
    Nov 5, 2015

    The flavor was good and and the leftover stew did great after being frozen and reheated.

  • snwilliamson
    Oct 20, 2015

    This recipe was just OK; there are better recipes out there so I won't be making this again.

  • lshaw
    Sep 14, 2015

    Our family as a whole liked this. I put the stew over some stiff mashed potatoes and the starch was a great contrast to the stew liquid. I have never used canned fire-roasted tomatoes and I'm on the fence about them after eating this stew. I might just prefer regular canned tomatoes without the smokiness added. I don't know why a reviewer thought it was "bland"--I thought the flavor was quite strong! It's good enough to make again. The beef was certainly tender.

  • kramerstacey15
    Aug 28, 2015

    My kids didn't like this. Canned tomato flavor was too strong.

  • pagunning
    Aug 27, 2015

    This was a very bland dish...I could not find the paprika listed, so had to use the regular. Thought it would be spicier with 2 Tbsp. of it though.

  • KarenKeefe
    Aug 19, 2015

    Wow! What a wonderful, flavorful dish! In true Hungarian style, I added one half cup sour cream before serving. Delicious!

  • erinf26
    Aug 17, 2015

    Easy to prepare and had great flavor, my family loved it!!